Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fix your sidewalk! No really...

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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  • You don't actually want someone to step on a crack and break their back.

What with the stinky economy, the poor job market, and the increasing cost of basic goods like food and gas, we know that most of you spend your free moments worrying about the deplorable condition of the sidewalk outside your home.

It's amazing how weathered concrete just haunts your subconscious.

But all joking aside, that sidewalk is your responsibility. And if you're struggling to pay your bills now, just think about how much worse it will be if someone trips on a chunk of cement outside your house and sues you for damages. Because, you know, Murphy's law and all ...

Anyway, I bring all this up because it's a really good time to replace that sidewalk. For a limited time, the city will actually pay for part of the cost. What a bargain! And while your new sidewalk may not bring you years of joy, per se, it will be appreciated by neighbors who use wheelchairs, push strollers, or simply have difficulty walking.

City continues concrete repair cost-sharing option for homeowners

The City of Colorado Springs, with funding from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) and the City General Fund, will continue the 50/50 cost-sharing program to repair/replace concrete sidewalks and curb and gutter adjacent to private property in 2013. Fifty percent of the cost is paid for by the City, while the property owner pays the other half. Concrete must be rated Priority 1 or 2 (explained further in release).

Concrete repairs to sidewalks and curb gutter adjacent to private property are ultimately the responsibility and liability of the adjacent property owner; however, the City has allocated funding to assist with these repairs. Currently there is an approximately 16-year backlog of citizen requests for concrete repair. The 50/50 cost-sharing program is designed to allow citizens to get Priority 1 and 2 areas addressed sooner and allow the City to address more needs with available funding.

In 2012, the City spent $107,500 in PPRTA funding and repaired concrete at 60 residences. For 2013, $115,000 in PPRTA funding plus $200,000 from the City General Fund has been allocated to the 50/50 Cost Share program. The additional General Fund dollars are part of the Mayor’s 2013 breakthrough strategy to increase road and stormwater maintenance.

Repair needs must meet Priority 1 or 2 levels using objective criteria established under the concrete repair program.

Priority 2 areas are those that meet at least one of these conditions:
· 75 to 100 percent of the curb head or sidewalk is chipped or broken
· Concrete has settled at least 2 inches
· 50% or more of the surface has spalled (top ½ to 1 inch has worn away, leaving a rough surface)

Priority 1 areas meet at least one of the Priority 2 conditions AND at least one of these conditions:
· Verified accident or claim for injury caused by damage
· Citizen with a disability whose access is impeded due to damage
· 250 yard proximity to hospital, school, senior center or bus stop

Citizens interested in participating should call 385-5411 to schedule an inspection/rating session with a City/PPRTA inspector. Here are some basic cost estimates for concrete work:

· Remove damaged curb and gutter $5.50 per linear foot
· Install curb and gutter $14.25 per linear foot
· Remove damaged sidewalk $2.25 per square foot
· Install sidewalk $2.90 per square foot

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